By Jennifer Thibault
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Deployment processing just got easier thanks to the May 18 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Secure Area Logistics Facility Weapons Armory here.
By relocating the armory to the SALF, Schriever is now truly able to provide “one-stop shopping” for deployers as they can now accomplish the majority of their checklist items, to include equipment and weapons issue, in the same location.
Previously, members tasked to deploy would have to enter the restricted area for weapons issue, which could put them at the mercy of portal lock downs and cause members to miss deployment timelines, according to Tech. Sgt. Heather Abney, 50th Logistics Readiness Flight and narrator for the ceremony.
It was noted during the wing’s last operational readiness inspection in April 2010 that having an approved armory in the SALF would improve Schriever’s deployment process.
“This new armory will greatly improve what was once a very cumbersome process — issuing deployment weapons,” said Col. Edward Baron, 50th Mission Support Group commander during the ceremony. “No longer will deploying personnel have to travel between the SALF and the restricted area armory to pick up their weapons. All [of] their equipment will now be issued here simplifying the process for real-world and exercise deployments.”
In addition, the SALF armory provides quick reaction weapons storage support for 50th Security Forces Squadron members, helping to improve response times if they need to “arm up” outside the restricted area.
“This just goes to show how a simple idea can have a big impact on our base,” said Col. Wayne Monteith, 50th Space Wing commander. “Our LRF members recognized a better way to do business for our members we’re sending to defend our country. I couldn’t be prouder to recognize LRF’s efforts as we strive for excellence every day.”
Teamwork among the 50 LRF, 50 SFS, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron, 50th Contracting Squadron, 50th Space Communication Squadron and the wing safety office was critical to making this project a success.
“The SALF Weapons Armory now stands ready to provide immediate weapons and storage for those personnel tasked to support wing exercises, quick reaction scenarios and higher headquarters deployment taskings supporting all component commanders,” said Sergeant Abney.
The improved deployment process is likely to be evaluated in an upcoming wing exercise.